[OS X TeX] Need help collaborating with Windows user
Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Tue Mar 16 05:55:18 EDT 2010
Am 16.03.2010 um 07:19 schrieb John B. Thoo:
>> Direct PDF output is now state of the "black art" (German saying).
>> Packages like epstopdf allow inclusion of EPS graphics files which
>> actually converted to PDF with Ghostscript. So Ghostscript needs to
>> installed. The direct convertor is pdflatex. See: texdoc pdftex.
> Does this mean using "pdflatex", e.g.?
> I presume that would output a PDF file; what do I use for a viewer
> (on X-Windows, e.g., but not necessarily) while working?
Xpdf, TeXworks, Acrobat/Adobe Reader, Evince, Sumatra? – there are
enough! (And I'm on Mac OS X.)
> I tend to latex and then view after every few paragraphs---
> sometimes after one or two lines---and, as I mentioned, I currently
> use in X-Windows vi to edit my files, then "latex", and then view
> the output using xdvi.
TeXworks is a TeX editor plus viewer, based on libpoppler (xpdf). GNU
Emacs has a native LaTeX environment and the augmented AUCTeX. The
latter behaves quite optimised.
> I looked at "texdoc inputenc", but it's a bit above me. What do
> using these two packages actually do for the user? Why is using
> them better than not?
The TeX distributions have a silent agreement on the default input
encoding they use. You've already seen that a dozen or more exist.
This makes interchange complicated when on one system x means x and on
another system u. When using UTF-8 encoded documents one single
character is encoded as up to four bytes – or up to four 8-bit
characters. TeX and editors need to know about the relation of likely
unrelated byte streams and what they actually represent.
>> [snip, snip]
> Wow! Thanks for the instructions and examples. Does this mean I
> need to have two sets of instructions for all my pspictures?
In my bad example. If you'd visit the web page Michael Sharpe gave
you'll see the auto-pst-pdf example: one text for both TeX engines.
>> When working with PSTricks, with latex+dvips or with pdflatex, you
>> have to use the option -shell-escape.
> So, e.g.,
> pdflatex -shell-escape foo.tex
Yes, as the web site recommends.
Think of XML as Lisp for COBOL programmers.
- Tony-A (some guy on /.)
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